For Authors

  1. Aims and scope
  2. Content types
  3. Costs
  4. Editorial board
  5. Contact information
  6. Online submission
  7. Submission policies
  8. How to submit
  9. Initial submission
  10. Peer review
  11. Decision after review
  12. Final submission and acceptance
  13. Appeals
  14. Ethics Policy

The Guide to Authors, Submission Guidelines, Editorial Policies and Guide to Referees are also available to download as a PDF.

Aims and scope

Palgrave Communications is an open access online-only journal dedicated to publishing high quality original research. The scope of the journal reflects Palgrave Macmillan’s strengths in the humanities, the social sciences and business. In addition to our multidisciplinary position, we particularly welcome interdisciplinary research, which fosters interaction, creativity and reflection between the rich disciplines that our project encompasses.

We aspire to be the definitive peer-reviewed outlet for open access academic research in and between our subjects. Palgrave Communications is open to all theoretical and methodological perspectives.

We are committed to providing an efficient service for both authors and readers. A streamlined peer-review system, together with the support of an eminent Editorial Board, allows us to make rapid and fair publication decisions. Prompt dissemination of accepted papers to Palgrave Macmillan’s wide readership and beyond is achieved through a program of continuous online publication. Published manuscripts are enhanced by innovative web technologies, including an enhanced article template and article level metrics.

Content types


Articles describe original research. Articles may range in length from short communications through to more in-depth studies. Regardless of the length, an Article represents novel and important research. We do not impose word length limits, but suggest articles should be no more than 8000 words (excluding abstract, tables, figure legends and references).

Articles are peer-reviewed and include received/accepted dates. Where it is relevant authors must include a statement about any competing financial interest before publication.


A Review is an authoritative, balanced and scholarly survey of recent developments in a research field. Although Reviews should be recognized as scholarly by specialists in the field, they should be written with a view to informing non-specialist readers. Thus, Reviews should be presented using simple prose, avoiding excessive jargon and technical detail.

Reviews may range in length, and while we do not impose word length limits, we do suggest Reviews should be no more than 8000 words (excluding abstract, tables, figure legends and references).

Where it is relevant authors must include a statement about any competing financial interest before publication.


Comments, above all, should offer a focused argument on a specific issue. In doing so they may take different forms, including: personal, agenda-setting and provocative analyses or syntheses offering calls for action and/or novel perspectives on topical issues. Authors are encouraged to write in a colourful, authoritative voice, at a level accessible to the journal's global, multi- and inter-disciplinary readership; ideas and arguments should be underpinned by reference to the surrounding academic literature. Papers that merely summarise the findings of research projects, or are adapted versions of previously published papers, cannot be considered. Authors should keep within a word range (excluding references) of ca. 2000-4000 words (excluding references).

Authors should visit the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information.


Editorials represent the opinion of the Journal on a topical matter of interest to the readership. The Editors do not consider unsolicited submissions of this article type.


Palgrave Communications is an open access publication. To provide this service, all expenses, including peer review, production, and online hosting and archiving, are recovered via an article-processing charge (APC).

Visit our open research site for more information about APC pricing and our free OA funding support service.

Editorial board

The Editorial Board comprises distinguished academics and researchers from a wide spectrum of fields within the humanities, social sciences and business. This broad representation and deep expertise helps ensure that Palgrave Communications meets and reacts to the varying needs of these communities. Board members are ambassadors for the journal and assist the in-house editorial team in an advisory capacity. The Editorial Board includes a panel of Associate Editors who have responsibility for overseeing the peer review of manuscripts and recommending final decisions following assessment. The Managing Editor, in consultation with the Editorial Board, guides the development, policies, standards and editorial scope of Palgrave Communications.

Contact information

For general editorial enquiries relating to Palgrave Communications, including manuscript submission queries, and for enquiries relating to the Editorial Board, please contact the Editorial team.

Online Submission

All submissions must be made via our online submission system. Authors can upload manuscript files (text, figures, and videos) directly to our office and check on the status of their manuscripts during the review process. In addition, reviewers can access the manuscript (in a highly secure fashion that maintains referee anonymity) over a direct internet link, which speeds up the review process. Please consult our technical information on file formats and tips for using the system effectively.

When submitting your manuscript, please note that there are restrictions on the types of files that you are able to upload. This will enable a faster production process. Accepted article and figure types are as follows:

  1. For Article Text — txt, doc, docx, tex
  2. For Figures — eps, tif, and jpeg

If your paper does not include formulas, we strongly encourage you to submit your paper in txt, doc or docx rather than tex.

Submission policies

Submission to Palgrave Communications is taken to imply that the submitted manuscript has not already been published elsewhere. If similar or related work has been published or submitted elsewhere, then the authors must provide a copy with the submitted article. Authors may not submit elsewhere while the manuscript is under consideration at Palgrave Communications.

The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. If an author has subsequently moved, the current address may also be stated. Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations. 

If the manuscript includes personal communications, please provide a written statement of permission from any person who is quoted. E-mail permission messages are acceptable.

Please visit the Guide to Referees for further information on the peer review process.

The corresponding author is alerted when a proof of the paper is ready. Contributors will be able to correct major errors or inaccuracies in the title or author list, but Palgrave Communications reserves the right to limit the scope of changes.

Palgrave Communications reserves the right to reject a paper even after it has been accepted if it becomes apparent that there are serious problems with the content or with violations of our publishing policies.

For information relating to submission of a competing financial interests statement, pre-publication publicity, deposition of data as a condition of publication, availability of data after publication, human and animal subjects, digital image integrity, biosecurity, corrections and retractions, duplicate publication, confidentiality and plagiarism, please visit the editorial and publishing policies of Palgrave Communications.

How to submit

For detailed information about how to submit to Palgrave Communications, please view the Submission Guidelines.

Initial submissions

Manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system. Copies of any papers containing similar or related work that are under consideration or in press at other journals should be included with the submission as additional supplementary information.

The cover letter of your manuscript should include suggestions for Editorial Board members who might advise on reviewers for your paper. We also urge you to suggest appropriate reviewers we might approach. We do however reserve the right not to approach your suggested reviewers. Manuscripts that are within scope and seem, on initial assessment, to be technically sound, will be peer reviewed. At the submission stage, authors may also indicate a limited number of individuals who should not review the paper. Excluded individuals must be identified by name.

Peer review

The corresponding author will be notified by e-mail when we decide whether or not the paper will be peer reviewed. Papers judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent for formal review, typically to two reviewers. The journal uses double-blind peer review. A decision is then made, based on the reviewers' advice, from among several possibilities:

  • Accept
  • Accept after minor revision
  • Probably acceptable after major revision with re-review
  • Unacceptable as is, but worth reconsideration if extensively revised
  • Reject

In cases where a paper is submitted for an article Collection, Guest Editors and Advisory Editors of Collections may be called upon to act as peer reviewers or make editorial decisions on submitted papers provided the journal’s competing interests conditions are met. Where conflicts exist, alternative editors and reviewers are invited to oversee editorial processes.

Decision after review

In cases where the referee has requested well-defined changes to the manuscript that do not appear to require extensive further experiments, we may request a revised manuscript that addresses the referees' concerns. The decision letter will specify a deadline.

In cases where the referees' concerns are more wide-ranging, we will normally reject the manuscript. If the consensus is that the manuscript is of potential interest to the journal, however, they may express interest in seeing a future resubmission. The resubmitted manuscript may be sent back to the original referees or to new referees. In such cases, revised manuscripts will not retain their earlier submission date.

In either case, the revised manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter explaining how the manuscript has been changed.

An invited revision should be submitted via the revision link to the online submission system provided in the decision letter, not as a new manuscript.

Final submission and acceptance

When all editorial issues are resolved, the paper is formally accepted. The received date is the date on which we received the original manuscript. The accepted date is when the acceptance letter is sent.

Contributors are sent proofs; however, the production process does not allow minor changes. Only changes in the title, author list or major scientific errors will be permitted at this stage. All corrections will be approved by the publishing team. Palgrave Communications reserves the right to make the final decision about matters of style and the size of tables and figures.


Even in cases where Palgrave Communications does not invite resubmission, some authors may ask that we reconsider a rejection decision. These are considered appeals, which, by policy, must take second place to the normal workload. In practice, this means that decisions on appeals often take several weeks. Only one appeal is permitted for each manuscript, and appeals can only take place after peer review. Final decisions on appeals will be made by the Publisher following consultation with appropriate Editorial Board member(s).

Decisions are reversed on appeal only if we become convinced that the original decision was a serious mistake, not merely a borderline call that could have gone either way. Further consideration may be merited if a referee made substantial errors of fact or showed evidence of bias, but only if a reversal of that referee's opinion would have changed the original decision. Similarly, disputes on factual issues need not be resolved unless they were critical to the outcome. Thus, after careful consideration of the authors' points, most appeals will be rejected.

If an appeal merits further consideration, we reserve the right to send the authors' response or the revised paper to the original referee/s.

Ethics policy

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. We expect all prospective authors to read and understand our Ethics Policy before submitting any manuscript to this journal. This policy details the responsibilities of all authors, editors and reviewers working with and for Palgrave Macmillan Journals as well as our own ethical responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, falsification of data, misuse of third party material, fabrication of results and fraudulent authorship. Please note that submitted manuscripts may be subject to checks using the iThenticate service, in conjunction with CrossCheck, in order to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. The iThenticate software checks submissions against millions of published research papers, documents on the web, and other relevant sources. If plagiarism or misconduct is found, consequences are detailed in the policy.

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